the seminar on 'Career Oportunities' organised by the Computer Science Association of Nehru Memorial College, Puthanampatti, in progress.
THE SCHOOL of Engineering and Technology, Bharathidasan University, brought out its half-yearly newsletter, The SET Vignette, recently. The Vice-Chancellor, C. Thangamuthu, released the newsletter on the occasion of the second convocation of the School. Complimenting the team, the Vice-Chancellor said the institution had carved a niche for itself in providing technical education in rare disciplines, including pharmaceutical engineering and technology, petrochemical engineering, and automobile engineering.
The first issue provides insight into the seminars and workshops carried out by its departments, the prizes won in inter-collegiate competitions by students belonging to the School, awards and honours, and industry/institutional visits, besides congratulatory messages from the Registrar, Radha Chellappan, R. Vasudevan, Director of the School, R. Vasudevan, and Dean, K. Ethiraju.
The editor of the newsletter is K. Ruckmani of the department of pharmaceutical engineering.
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A TWO-DAY workshop on `Consumer Awareness and Protection' was organised recently by the NSS unit of the Cauvery College for Women.
Students understood the importance of checking the manufacturing date, expiry, and maximum retail price stamped on the products before making a transaction, following a lecture delivered by Sakunthala Srinivasan, Tiruchi Consumer Welfare Association. The Inspector of Labour, M. Solaimuthu, urged the students to stand vigil against the wrong weights, and `fixed' weighing scales used by some grocery shops, while M. Theresnathan, Field Publicity Officer, exhorted the participants to voice their opinions without fear in case consumers were taken for a ride. The various rights that a citizen was entitled to were listed by M. Chandrasekhar Vellaiyan, senior advocate. An elocution contest on the topic, `Consumer Awareness and Protection', was organised to mark the occasion. The principal, V. Sujatha, distributed prizes and certificates to the participating students.
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STUDENTS OF the English department of the Jamal Mohamed College emerged toppers in the `Lit-Hit 05' inter-collegiate competition conducted by the Bishop Heber College recently.
According to the Head of the department, A.K. Amin, the students bagged several prizes in essay writing competition, poetry writing, collage, tableau, variety, mime, literary parade, face painting and dumb charades.
Later, the English Literature Association of the college organised a special lecture programme on `personality development'. The lecture was delivered by D.A. Jayakar Chellaraj, former principal and Head, Research department of Chemistry, Bishop Heber College.
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THE DEPARTMENT of Social Work, Bishop Heber College, conducted a community awareness programme on alcoholism at Thirumalairayapuram, near Keeranur in Pudukottai district recently.
The community awareness programme on the topic, `Bothai Enathu Paathai Illai' (Alcoholism is not my way) followed an exhibition organised by students of St. Joseph's High School, Thirumalairayapuram. The programme was presided over by Parish Priest, Devaraj, and addressed by Fr. M. John Peter, Secretary cum Director, Tiruchi Multi Purpose Social Service Society (TMSSS), and the village panchayat president, Jeya Mary. The TMSSS De-addiction Centre Counsellor, Sundararaju, said alcoholism could be cured by proper treatment. The school students enacted a drama on the ill effects of alcoholism.
The department organised another programme on breast cancer at the Rehabilitation Centre for Blind Women, earlier. Kavitha Senthil, obstetrician and gynaecologist, and Bavithra of GVN Cancer Hospitals, Tiruchi, explained the causes of breast cancer, the procedure of self-examination and about mammogram. At yet another programme organised at the St. Antony's Home for the Aged, Philominalpuram, Kattur, 60 inmates received free treatment.
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STUDENTS OF MIET Arts and Science College were enlightened on the concepts of time management, reading habit, hobby, and productivity, by the Corporation Commissioner, Harmandar Singh, on the occasion of 11th College Day.
The Commissioner who spoke on the occasion observed that students should be enabled at the college level to gain full knowledge and confidence to face the new world. He appealed to the students to cultivate reading habits, spend time on their hobbies, and to take up part-time jobs. The principal, A. Kamaludeen, presented the college day report. The college general secretary and correspondent of MIET Institutions, A. Mohamed Yunus, presided. The college day celebrations culminated with a cultural programme.
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THE COMPUTER Science Association of Nehru Memorial College, Puthanampatti, organised a seminar on `career opportunities'. The Assistant Director of Employment, P. Suresh Kumar, in his special address, outlined the job opportunities available. He also emphasised the need to build up self-confidence and improving the skills in different fields. This was followed by an interactive session. The principal, S. Ramalingam, presided over the seminar, and the head, Department of Computer Science, M. Muralidharan spoke.
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TRAINING MALE kids in housekeeping and catering activities at household level is a necessary, but not sufficient condition to build a gender sensitive society, said Jnani, scribe and documentary filmmaker, while delivering a lecture on `Women: yesterday, today and tomorrow', organised by the Women Cell, and the Centre for Women's Studies of Bharathidasan University.
Jnani said women should understand their social condition and come together to change it for a better future. Historically, Indian subcontinent consists of societies based on patriarchal and caste hegemonic practices, which put marginalised women. Child marriage, one of the chief social instruments against women, was common among the `upper castes' till the early part of the 20th century.
Several social codes and customs were used to protect caste and gender boundaries. Particularly, the dress code prescribed for the `lower caste' women was a violent cultural marker. Another social instrument that discriminated against women was the `devadasi' system. These facts were not found in the school curriculum, Jnani said.
Dr. C. Thangamuthu, Vice-Chancellor of the University, presided over the meeting. Dr. N. Manimekalai, Director, Centre for Women's Studies, spoke.
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THE NATIONAL College, Tiruchi, celebrated its 86th anniversary recently. The Vice-Chancellor of the Bharathidasan University, C. Thangamuthu, was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, commended the college for getting accredited `A' level by the NAAC. He called upon the teachers to work hard to enable the institution to attain autonomy. The principal, S. Ramamurthy, in his annual report explained the achievements of the college in different fields. He welcomed the decision of the university to form a Triennial Commission for making academic audit of colleges. While thanking the Vice-Chancellor for introducing a viable insurance scheme for staff and students, he said it was being implemented successfully in the college. The former secretary of the college, K. Santhanam, presided over the function, the former Principal, N. Seshadri, offered felicitations, and a member of the College Committee, Krishnasamy, gave away the prizes to the meritorious students.
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A STATE-LEVEL UGC sponsored three-day workshop on geographical remote sensing and GIS was held under the auspices of the Department of Geography, the Periyar E. V. R. College, Tiruchi recently. The workshop highlighted the advancements in the field of the remote sensing and its applications in various branches of sciences such as geography, geology, biology, environment, urban studies, and land use.
Similarly, the accessibility and adaptability of GIS as a tool in finding instant solution for the complex problems had been identified. Currently, GIS is used for mapping purposes in Tiruchi and Salem corporations. GPS was also another tool used for traffic management and surveying. Applications of GPS was also highlighted and demonstrated with the instrument in the field itself. At present, this instrument is used by the Chennai police. Resource persons from Bharathidasan University, Centre for Remote Sensing of the Madurai Kamaraj University and Madras University delivered special lectures on the occasion.
The Professor of Geography, University of Madras, T. Vasanthakumaran, delivered the valedictory address. The principal, S. Anbananthan, was in the chair.
Contributed by R. Krishnamoorthy and Syed Muthahar
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